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EACH Forum 2019 : EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication: Research, Teaching, Policy & Practice


When Sep 16, 2019 - Sep 18, 2019
Where Leiden, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2019
Categories    healthcare communication   patient provider communication   faculty development   patient involvement

Call For Papers


EACH is delighted to INVITE SUBMISSIONS for workshops & posters with optional oral pitches for the upcoming EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication. This event provides an excellent opportunity for the community of healthcare researchers, educators & practitioners to retreat for a period of intensive learning with colleagues from around the world.

The unique feature of the EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication is providing attendees with the opportunity to participate in several in-depth experiential workshops related to healthcare communication. There will be a mix of workshops concentrating on research, teaching, policy and practice issues. Unlike other conferences, workshops will be allotted 3 hours of workshop time (3 ½ hours including a refreshment break) to allow substantial time for experiential learning activities.

Because of the time allotment, we want to make sure we are providing workshops that are of high quality and emphasize experiential learning (including peer interaction, application & practice exercises) with only limited time devoted to didactic presentations. To that end, we will provide guidelines and criteria that emphasize the need to demonstrate the thoughtful incorporation of diverse and interactive teaching methods. In addition we ask for evidence of the presenter(s)’ prior effectiveness of delivering highly engaging workshops.

Each workshop will be delivered once during the event. Workshop facilitators are expected to register to attend the event as a normal attendee.

Workshop Themes
We would like to invite academics and healthcare practitioners to deliver health communication workshops with either a teaching, research, policy or practice focus.

The content of the workshop could include one or more of the following topics:

Patient-Provider communication:
Tasks and/or skills integral to the patient-clinician interview
Communication beyond the patient e.g. relatives / carers, advocates, interpreters
The challenges of empowerment & self-management e.g. motivational interviewing
Communication and cultural and social diversity
Communication with patients who have sensory impairment or learning disability
Challenges of age specific communication e.g. older people / teenagers etc
Clinical communication in specific healthcare contexts e.g. primary / community care, oncology, mental health, obstetrics & gynaecology
Communication with medically unexplained symptoms
Communication in palliative and end of life care

Patient involvement:
Patient narratives & perspectives of healthcare
Involving patients in communication training, research & policy

Intra-professional and Inter-professional communication:
Schwartz rounds – the role of reflective communication within organisations
Conflict resolution within teams / colleague to colleague communication
Preventing burnout / implementation fatigue in healthcare
Ethics, law and clinical communication teaching and research

Faculty Development:
How to design, deliver and evaluate train the trainers workshops with a focus on clinical communication
How to design, implement and evaluate healthcare communication workshops for research programmes
Interchange between research, teaching and practice

Integrating Technology into everyday practice:
Use of technologies for data collection & analysis
Online technologies for communication training
Use of social media / technology for healthcare communication

Posters with optional Oral Pitches
As well as attending the workshops, participants are able to submit peer-reviewed posters of their work. Selected poster presenters will be invited to also present their poster in an oral pitch, a brief presentation of 5 minutes within a scheduled oral pitch session. Posters may include work in progress, innovations and new ideas with less emphasis on completed work than at most other conferences. Preference for presenting an oral pitch will be asked at the time of submission. There will be three separate tracks for poster submissions:

Research Track: The purpose of the research track is to promote dissemination and discussion of ideas and innovations in research in healthcare communication. Research posters may describe research projects on any subject on communication in healthcare. The posters should report on a research project including results and discussion, or be a repeat of work in progress with preliminary results and discussion. Preliminary results will need to be available by the time of the event. Reference to how this work contributes to what is already known in the literature should be provided.

Educational Track: The purpose of the educational track is to promote dissemination and discussion of innovations and best practices in healthcare communication teaching and learning. Education posters should report on a programme, project, or other unique educational offering that either has preliminary data such as student evaluations or is far enough along in its conceptual development or implementation phase that some valuable lessons have been learned that are worth sharing with other educators. Reference to how this work contributes to what is already known in the medical education literature should be provided.

Policy & Practice Track: The purpose of the policy and practice track is to promote dissemination and discussion of policy initiatives, implementation strategies, guideline development, panel studies (e.g. Delphi) and practical testing of new directives. Policy and Practice posters should report on these topics if they are far enough along in its conceptual development or implementation phase that some valuable lessons have been learned that are worth sharing. As such they need to present either a theoretical framework that is fully contextualised and ready to implement, or preliminary evaluation data to show its effectiveness. Reference to how this work contributes to what is already known in the policy and practice literature should be provided.

Key dates
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 29 March, midnight GMT
Notification of Acceptance: May 2019

General guidelines for submissions to the EACH Forum on Healthcare Communication
All submissions must adhere to the following:

All submissions must be entered electronically via the submission site
Submissions will be blind reviewed, so please ensure your abstract does not contain your name or that of any co-presenter/author names
All abstracts are limited to 350 words. Submissions exceeding the word limit will be automatically rejected
The abstract should be written in English. Submitters with limited English are encouraged to ask a colleague with English language proficiency to review their abstract before submitting to avoid having your abstract rejected based on lack of clarity in language use
Do not use all uppercase letters in the text or title, or when entering author names
Please click here to view the full guidelines that will help you through the abstract submission process for workshops and/or posters with optional oral pitches.

Abstract submissions will be evaluated by at least 2 peer reviewers. Scores and comments are submitted to the Planning Committee, who will select final presentations for the programme. Evaluation criteria are included in the guidelines for each category. The final decision on the presentation format will be made by the Planning Committee, depending on the number, quality and type of the abstract submissions.

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